A planting case study

5th February 2024

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This journey began with our ‘At Home’ Consultancy service. The client desired a soft, contemporary and low maintenance planting scheme.

The garden already benefited from some healthy shrubs but the planting wasn’t cohesive meaning it felt too fussy. We were able to relocate many of the plants to other areas in the garden to allow us to create this fresh border below.

We supplied and planted borders and raised beds around the seating area and behind the garden room and filled them with plants that would provide colour and interest throughout the seasons. We had to prune the existing borders right back to create the border planting (above).

Here are just some of the plants we used in this garden design:


  • Clematis armandii

Evergreen Shrubs

  • Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver ball’
  • Taxus baccata

Ornamental Grasses

  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Carex oshimensis Everest (‘Fiwhite’)

Herbaceous Perennials

  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’
  • Alliums

It was necessary to enrich soil structure with peat free compost prior to planting.

What the client said:

“I just wanted to let you know how over the moon we are with the garden. You understood exactly what we had in mind and it has come out better than we could have expected. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all and hopefully we can carry on with maintenance into the future.”

The mixed border (above) is a blend of colour, height and texture. We used Alliums, Heuchera ‘Electra Lime’, Stipa tenuissima and pleached Carpinus for instant screening.

If you are considering changes to the garden but are not sure where to start, we can also come to you – ask about our popular ‘At Home’ Consultancy Service